ACC Announces Second in-House Counsel Certification Program

36 In-house Lawyers Graduated Inaugural May Class

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & WASHINGTON-Wednesday 30 May 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 43,000 members in 85 countries, today announced that the second ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program will take place September 3-6, 2018 in Dubai. The program, presented through the association’s credentialing arm, the ACC Credentialing Institute, is a collaboration between ACC and the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department.

The certification program is the first of its kind for any legal association, with a curriculum designed by leading international general counsel. The program creates a standard of best practices for in-house lawyers working worldwide.

Thirty-six in-house lawyers graduated in the inaugural class of the ACC In-house Counsel Certification Program, which took place April 30 – May 3. After four days of live instruction, the program concluded with a final assessment. All 36 students successfully passed the final assessment, earning the designation of In-house Counsel Certified (ICC).

Students traveled to Dubai from seven countries, and represented 24 companies, including Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Asteco Property Management, AstraZeneca, British Telecom, Caterpillar, Cummins, DAMAC, du, Emaar Properties, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Merck Sharp & Dohme, MetLife, Nestlé, Reckitt Benckiser, and Sherwin-Williams.

“We look forward to replicating the success of our first Certification Program with our next class in September,” said James Merklinger president, ACC Credentialing Institute. “Not only do delegates benefit from a program focused on professional excellence and translating legal knowledge into business solutions, but they also learn useful global best practices from each other – generating new peer connections.”

September’s program will follow the same format as the inaugural class, including substantive programming, group presentations, and team projects. Participants are instructed across three core areas: stakeholder relationships, law department management, and legal services.

After graduates pass the final examination and receive their ICC designation, it is valid for one year. After the first year, 14 hours of continuing legal education/continuing professional development (CLE/CPD) are required annually to maintain ICC status.

For more information on the ACC Credentialing Institute, visit or contact

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organizations through information, education, networking, and advocacy. With more than 43,000 members in 85 countries employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.


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